2015 Speakers

Ramune Nagisetty
Principal Engineer and Director
Wearable Technologies- Intel Labs

Ramune Nagisetty is a Principal Engineer in Intel Labs.  She currently leads research in wearable computing within the Sensing Systems Lab.  Ramune earned a BSEE from Northwestern University in 1991 and an MSEE specializing in solid state physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. She joined Intel as a rotation engineer in 1995, and spent the next ten years working on process technology and transistor device physics within Intel’s Logic Technology Development group. She was the lead device engineer for Intel’s world class 65 nm technology, taking it from path finding through manufacturing transfer. From 2006-2009 she was the Director of Intel’s Strategic Technology Programs where she worked with other senior technologists and executives to understand opportunities and gaps in Intel’s future technology roadmaps.  She has authored nine technical publications and has ten issued or pending patents related to device physics, high performance process technology, and new usage models.  In 2008 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Society of Women Engineers.

Ramune is also a songwriter and rock musician.  Her new rock trio, Rocket 3, is one of the top ranked indie rock bands in Portland.  Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, reached #76 in college music radio charts and has been featured on KZME, KNRK, KOIN TV, and on the KINK local music spotlight.


Dana Zottola
Registered Patent Agent, Patent Prosecutor, Technical Resource
Freitas, Angell & Weinberg (

Dana Zottola is a registered patent agent, experienced patent prosecutor, and the sole technical resource at Freitas, Angell & Weinberg.  She received an M.Eng. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, where her research centered on hardware-based numerical algorithms.  After graduate school, she was hired by Intel, where she was responsible for design and execution of system level microprocessor aging evaluations including speed degradation analysis. Dana has over seven years of experience prosecuting hundreds of patents in fields diverse as digital rights management to semiconductor device design and manufacturing.   She evaluates patent portfolios, performs claim (infringement and validity) analyses and assists with expert reports relating to infringement, validity, and damages.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling, swimming, as well as playing and coaching soccer.


Ivo Lukas
CEO/Founder of 24Notion & Co-Chair of NWrWIC

Ivo is the CEO/Founder of 24Notion. 24Notion is the first integrated marketing/digital PR & lifestyle agency with special emphasis on giving back to the global communities. With a broad understanding the art of non- traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence. 24Notion ranked No.12 in Corporate Philanthropy (CSR) nominated by Portland Business Journal Book of List 2015.

Ivo has the track record in building and maintaining an all integrated brand, marketing, digital and technology power for Fortune 500/1000 companies. She builds unique offline/online marketing/technology businesses from ground up with track record in bringing in the bottom line results. Prior to launching her own agency, she joined the prestigious 3rd largest Global Public Relations and Communications company as the global Vice President Marketing /PR/Digital of the agency. Within the agency, she founded the Global Creative marketing Group and the Digital Group. During her tenure, she led a global initiative that expanded beyond the Asia Pacific, European and North American markets. She has been a true “bootstrapper” by building her companies from scratch, using innovation and creativity to effectively integrate creative lifestyle branding with strategic communications.

She is an advocate and sits on the board of many non-profit organizations that encourage the empowerment of next generation leaders and women in technology. She is a philanthropist by heart and most recently, Ivo was asked to speak at the U.S. Department of State in empowering women in the Middle East and North Africa through technology (the techgirls initiative is created by Senator Hillary Clinton). Ivo is passionate about leading, nurturing and mentoring the next generation, especially young girls, who’s aspiring to be in technology. She is the advocate of encouraging positive, inspiring and improving lives of the young girls to gain an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills. She won a few awards as the Female 2.0 Founder of the year, Innovative Philanthropist in 2013; Women of Influence of 2013; Huffington Post- Female empowerment of “Passionistas”, National Asian American Business Association of top 40, PBJ Innovative philanthropy award 2012 and Top 50 Female Twitter blogger avid followers. Most recently, Ivo was recognized in “40 Under 40” by the Portland Business Journal 2014 #PBJ40u40. Check out ivolukas.com and follow @MsSonicFlare.


Mark Francis
Entrepreneur and Mentor/Advisor & EIR
Intel Corp

Mark Francis is a venture lead in Intel’s New Business Initiatives Group. In seven years at Intel, Mark has lead teams to develop two products – a high end smart bracelet for fashionistas and an enterprise software product for health care providers. Prior to Intel, Mark spent 15 years working for venture-based firms in Silicon Valley, served as a policy advisor to the Mayor of Boston, and founded 2 non-profits. Mark graduated from Harvard and Pitt and recently was awarded his first patent.


Jill Steinhour
Director, High Tech Industry Strategy

Jill Steinhour is a Marketing Executive with 20 years of strategic business planning, marketing analytics, product management and delivery experience in the High-Tech, Bio-Tech, and Manufacturing industries.

Jill joined Adobe Systems in June 2011 as Director of High-Tech Strategy. In this capacity, she leads strategic engagements with Adobe’s top tier clients in support of their efforts to develop B2C & B2B digital marketing strategies, which employ industry best practices and leverage interactive marketing technologies. Jill is also a contributor to Adobe thought leadership forums and frequent speaker at digital marketing conferences and High-Tech & Telco Industry events.

Prior to joining Adobe Systems, Jill held leadership positions at HP, Agilent and IBM.

She has expertise in market research & sizing, customer insights and predictive model development and business performance management strategies for consumer and commercial markets. During her tenure at HP, Jill directed efforts to integrate and extract intelligence from large and diverse data stores to deliver HP’s first comprehensive data repositories that supported the development of addressable market & consumer predictive models.

Charlie_Isaacs Charlie Isaacs
VP and CTO for Customer Connection, IoT

Charlie Isaacs has a track record of R&D leadership, starting with GTE (eventually became Verizon), where he served as Vice President of Engineering and headed a group of over 200 engineers working on Government and commercial applications. Following GTE, Mr. Isaacs held R&D leadership positions at Answer Systems (acquired by Computer Associates), and served as Chief Technology Officer at Broad Daylight (sold to Primus) and at Primus Knowledge Systems until Primus’ acquisition by ATG and then Oracle. Charlie served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Customer Officer at Kana Software, Inc. Charlie left KANA in 2009 and joined the Alcatel-Lucent/Genesys Global Innovations Group where he filed several SoLoMo (Social/Local/Mobile) patents and guided several Customer Service applications. Charlie joined Salesforce in 2012 and is Vice President and CTO for Customer Connection, primarily responsible for incubating and supporting customers connecting their products to Salesforce. Charlie has over 20 years of CRM experience. Mr. Isaacs holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from California Lutheran University. Charlie speaks worldwide about IoT, M2M, and Customer Service and has filed several patent applications at salesforce.com.


Adele Evans
Sr Program Manager

Adele Evans is a Sr. Program Manager of Strategic Customer Implementations at Oracle Corporation.  With broad experience in the technology industry, she has extensive knowledge of technical infrastructure and ecosystems.  During her 15 year career at Oracle, Ms. Evans has managed product releases, partner alliances, and strategic customer relationships.  Her focus has been on advancing corporate strategies through collaborative partnering.

During her 30 year career in Technology, Ms. Evans has worked for Aerospace, Mortgage, Telecom, and Hi Tech companies, providing best of breed solutions to complex requirements.  Her career history includes SW Engineer at McDonnell Douglas Space Division, System Administration and Sr. Manager at Loral Aerospace, Sr. Project Manager & Sr. Manager for System Administration at Sybase Inc., VP of Operations at start-up company IMX Inc., CIO at telecom company 1-800-Reconnex, and Sr. Program / Partner Manager at Oracle Corporation.

Ms. Evans graduated from California State University Fullerton with two Majors (Mathematics and Music), and two minors (Computer Science and French Literature).  She resides in Woodburn Oregon with her husband. She has two children, two dogs, and two cats.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography, and playing pool.

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